Ugo Ugochukwu who recently won the won the FIA European karting championships has a long term deal with Formula 1 outfit McLaren.

13-year old Ugo Ugochukwu becomes the first Nigerian to win a world karting championship, and get signed by McLaren to race in Formula 1 when he grows older. Ugo is the son of the famous model, Oluchi Onweagba , and touted as the next Lewis Hamilton.

Ugo Ugochukwu

According to the statement released by the company (McLaren) it reads,

McLaren Racing today announced that it has signed a long-term agreement with Ugo Ugochukwu, the promising young driver from the USA, who was recently crowned FIA European karting champion.

The 13-year-old American has proven to be a revelation, already securing several titles in his young career in the US and Europe, and most recently winning the 2020 FIA OKJ European Championship.

The agreement provides McLaren Racing with an option on Ugo’s services in the future, while supporting his development and evolution as he progresses through the junior categories of motorsport.”

Ugo Ugochukwu also share his excitement on the deal and has this to say, “I’m honoured to be signed by such an iconic team as McLaren Racing so early in my career. To have the support of McLaren is fantastic and what any young driver dreams of. I’m focused right now on developing as a driver and racer, so having McLaren by my side can only help me on and off the track”


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